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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?

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Betty Bakery

Recommended by: Julie Ann Orsini (Fashion Archivist)

Betty Bakery is a neighborhood bakeshop in the heart of Boerum Hill. Whether it’s delicious hot chocolate, an intricate cake for your next celebration, or just a red velvet cupcake to brighten one’s day, there are treats for all kinds of occasions (and non-occasions). www.bettybakery.com

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Bien Cuit

Recommended by: Kerry Diamond (Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo Food)

This bakery and café hybrid is a Cobble/Boerum Hill neighborhood go-to for freshly baked and authentic French pastries and breads. Dainty fruit tarts, classic pastries, savory pies and large loaves of bread fill the rustic and clean room with a heavenly and almost hypnotic aroma, making it nearly impossible to walk out empty handed. Proper [...]

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French Louie

 Recommended by: Jessica Richards (Shen Beauty)

From the guys who brought you Buttermilk Channel, French Louie puts a modern spin on the traditional Parisian bistro menu with their farm-to-table fresh French-American fare. Here you’ll find no shortage of wine options, and the place boasts one of Brooklyn’s best outdoor patios. Make a Reservation. www.frenchlouienyc.com

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Mile End Deli Boerum Hill

Recommended by: Jenn Louis (Chef/Owner, Lincoln Restaurant), Hannah Bronfman (DJ, Entrepreneur), Neil Blumenthal (Co-Founder, Warby Parker)

This unlikely spot is a traditional American-Jewish deli from Jewish/Canadian owner Noah Bernamoff and close friend Max Levine. The two continuously challenge and elevate the old world traditions, resulting in playful combinations like Chopped Liver on Pumpernickel, Smoked Lamb Sausage with Harissa Slaw, and Eggs and Quebec cheddar on Rye. www.mileenddeli.com

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Rucola

Recommended by: Christene Barberich (Editor-in-Chief, Refinery29)

One of Christene Barberich’s favorite restaurants in NYC, Rucola is a small, farm to table, Northern Italian restaurant with a menu that changes seasonally to reflect the ingredients they get locally. Quaint and with a warm and rustic decor, Rucola is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the week and brunch and dinner on [...]